I hadn't thought of 'Laverne & Shirley' for years. But a ride into Rivertown recently took me (for the first time, I admit) into the famed Atwater Block Brewery bottling warehouse, which now also houses a small bartop and stools that serve as the company's Rivertown brew pub.
The former brew pub next door has been closed, and the Atwater will soon introduce its new retail home in the space once occupied by Johnny Rocket's next to the Fox Theater in Foxtown. This, according to a guy who worked in warehouse during my recent visit.
He said the new place should be open sometime later this summer, which would be a great addition to folks heading down to catch a Lions game this fall. As for the warehouse and bottling plant, that's staying put in Rivertown. It's a fascinating operation to watch, if ever you get the chance. And I defy anyone (at least anyone over 35) who sees those bottles swinging around the track to keep from quietly humming "Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated..."
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